GIGABYTE AMD B450M GAMING has announced the B450M Gaming, a low-cost socket AM4 motherboard based on AMD’s B450 chipset that will retail for less than $100. Built in the micro-ATX form format (205 mm x 244 mm), the board is powered by a combination of 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS connectors, and the AM4 SoC is powered by a 4+3 phase VRM.
The primary MOSFET block is dominated by a massive VRM heatsink, which also covers a piece of the back I/O region. The AM4 socket is connected to two DDR4 DIMM slots, which can accommodate up to 32 GB of dual-channel memory, the board’s only M.2-2280 slot, and the PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slot with metal reinforcement.
GIGABYTE AMD B450M GAMING
One M.2-2280 slot with PCI-Express 3.0 x4 and SATA 6 Gbps cable, as well as four SATA 6 Gbps connectors, provide storage connectivity. Four USB 3.1 gen 1 type-A ports on the back panel and two USB 3.1 gen 1 ports via header provide USB connectivity.
Surprisingly, networking is a 1 GbE interface powered by the Realtek Dragon 8118AS controller, which was introduced as a competitor to the i219-V. (comes with various performance enhancements). Ground-layer isolation and electrolytic capacitors help to improve the audio, which is a simple 6-channel affair driven by a Realtek ALC887.
GIGABYTE AMD B450M GAMING
|CPU||AM4 Socket: Supports AMD Ryzen™ 5000 series / Ryzen™ 5000 G-Series/ 3rd Gen Ryzen™/ 2nd Gen Ryzen™/ 1st Gen Ryzen™/ 2nd Gen Ryzen™ with Radeon™ Vega Graphics/ 1st Gen Ryzen™ with Radeon™ Vega Graphics/ Athlon™ with Radeon™ Vega Graphics Processors|
|Memory||2 x DDR4 DIMM sockets supporting up to 64 GB of system memory
Dual channel memory architecture
Support for DDR4 3600(O.C.)/3466(O.C.)/3200(O.C.)/2933/2667/2400/2133 MHz memory modules
Support for ECC Un-buffered DIMM 1Rx8/2Rx8 memory modules (operate in non-ECC mode)
Support for non-ECC Un-buffered DIMM 1Rx8/2Rx8/1Rx16 memory modules
Support for Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory modules
|Onboard Graphics||Integrated Graphics Processor:
1 x D-Sub port, supporting a maximum resolution of 1920×1200@60 Hz
1 x DVI-D port, supporting a maximum resolution of 1920×1200@60 Hz
* The DVI-D port does not support D-Sub connection by adapter.
1 x HDMI port, supporting a maximum resolution of 4096×2160@60 Hz
* Support for HDMI 2.0 version and HDCP 2.2.
* Actual support may vary by CPU.
Maximum shared memory of 16 GB
|Audio||Realtek® Audio CODEC
High Definition Audio
* To configure 7.1-channel audio, you have to use an HD front panel audio module and enable the multi-channel audio feature through the audio driver.
Support for S/PDIF Out
|LAN||Realtek® GbE LAN chip (10/100/1000 Mbit)
|Expansion Slots||1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16
(The PCIEX16 slot conforms to PCI Express 3.0 standard.)
2 x PCI Express x1 slot
(The PCI Express x1 slot conforms to PCI Express 2.0 standard.)
2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports available through the internal USB header
6 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports (2 ports on the back panel, 4 ports available through the internal USB headers)
4 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports on the back panel
|Internal I/O Connectors||1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
1 x CPU fan header
2 x system fan headers
1 x M.2 Socket 3 connector
4 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
1 x front panel header
1 x front panel audio header
1 x S/PDIF Out header
1 x CPU cooler LED strip/RGB LED strip header
1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 header
2 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers
1 x Trusted Platform Module (TPM) header (2×6 pin, for the GC-TPM2.0_S module only)
1 x speaker header
1 x serial port header
1 x Clear CMOS jumper
1 x chassis intrusion header
|Back Panel Connectors||1 x PS/2 keyboard port
1 x PS/2 mouse port
1 x D-Sub port
1 x DVI-D port
1 x HDMI port
4 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports
2 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
1 x RJ-45 port
3 x audio jacks
|I/O Controller||iTE® I/O Controller Chip|
|H/W Monitoring||Voltage detection
Fan speed detection
Fan fail warning
Fan speed control
Whether the fan speed control function is supported will depend on the cooler you install.
|BIOS||1 x 128 Mbit flash
Use of licensed AMI UEFI BIOS
PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.7, WfM 2.0, SM BIOS 2.7, ACPI 5.0
|Unique Features||Support for APP Center
System Information Viewer
Support for Q-Flash
Support for Xpress Install
|Bundled Software||Norton® Internet Security (OEM version)
Realtek® 8118 Gaming LAN Bandwidth Control Utility
|Operating System||Support for Windows 10 64-bit
Support for Windows 7 64-bit
* To support Windows 7 64-bit, you must install an AMD Pinnacle Ridge & Summit Ridge CPU.
* Please download the “Windows USB Installation Tool” from GIGABYTE’s website and install it before installing Windows
|Form Factor||Micro ATX Form Factor; 24.4cm x 20.5cm|